Generous Helpings & A Giveaway! (CONTEST CLOSED)

Second Harvest Food Banks GenerousHelpings RGBSecond Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee started in 1978 with dedicated community leaders who wanted to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who desired to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community.

Did you know that one in four children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure? Could you imagine not knowing where your next meal was going to come from? Having to juggle which is more important, getting gas for work tomorrow or buying dinner for your family? Well, you may have never faced these challenges but many families in Middle Tennessee and across the state are. The Second Harvest Food Bank provided somewhere around twenty-million meals to hungry children, families and seniors last year?  

The SHFBMT will be hosting its annual Generous Helpings Fundraiser on Thursday, May 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the Nashville Farmer’s Market. And I’m elated to be partnering with them in giving away two tickets to one lucky winner. How awesome is that?! I love these kind of events because my work schedule is hectic and these awesome events allow me to sample cuisine from restaurants I haven’t had the chance to dine at. I’ve heard the event is phenomenal and I am looking forward to seeing you there! The event will feature 30 of Nashville’s finest restaurants and local beverage/wine distributors. It will be a night full of stuffing your face and mingling with some of the most talented chefs in Nashville. You can find out more on the event here including the list of participants!

Second Harvest Food Bank

The contest rules are simple and as follows:

1. Join Second Harvest’s e-mail list at
2. Follow Second Harvest on twitter : @2HarvestMidTN and if you don’t have a twitter account, you can follow on facebook.
3. Follow me on twitter @localforkful and retweet the contest.
4. Come back to this blog post and leave a comment stating that you have completed all three tasks. The contest ends on Wednesday Monday May 5th. A winner will be chosen and notified via e-mail.

I mean, could it be more simple for a pair of tickets worth $100 value which reminds me. If you don’t happen to win the contest, this is such a great cause that I encourage you to head over to the website and make a donation. What better way to bless someone than with food?!



World Vision Coffee |Giveaway & Review| Contest Closed project : The Local ForkfulSometimes I think about all the frivolous things I spend my money on. You know, those things that you really don’t need but somehow you find a way to justify that purchase? I believe we’re all guilty but I’m not here to convict you, but too merely help you think twice before you grab that next impulse buy.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

They work in over one-hundred countries despite one’s religion, race, ethnicity or gender. It is a beautiful organization composed of people who simply want to be the hands and feet of Christ. In giving back to people who don’t impulse buy because there are no frivolous things to purchase. World Vision provides livestock, clean water, education, food and shelter amongst many other things to those around the world without the proper project : The Local Forkful

“I’m ecstatic to be working with them today to tell you about the project. “The One Cup Project was founded on a simple idea: your purchases have power. We want to use that power to do something really good, something for more than just profit, something that can change the world.”

“Every $13 bag you buy at sends a $2 donation to World Vision, which is then multiplied 5.5x by matching grant partners (USAID, Care, Land O’ Lakes Foundation) so $13 goes to fund the good work World Vision does in Africa. The One Cup Project has a 0% administrative cost.”

“Dollar for dollar – now that’s revolutionary. It’s business and non-profit working together. Come change the world with us.” project : The Local Forkful

(all quotes taken directly from and

Giveaway Rules
You can enter this giveaway 3 different ways…
1. Simply leave a comment below telling me how you would change the world to help those who can’t help themselves?
2. Follow me on twitter and retweet the contest.
3. Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the giveaway post photo.

The winner will be chosen January 12, 2014 and notified via email or social media. If you do not respond within 24 hours I will choose another winner. And even if you don’t win the giveaway, please visit and purchase a bag of coffee for a great cause! Good Luck!


Giveaway: thinkTHIN Crunch Bars

Hey friends! If you’ve been following me on twitter. Then you might know that some of our eating habits have changed in the past few months. My wife, Jenna, as a post bone-marrow transplant recipient typically has crazy things happening with her body. And well, the Dr.s think she may be developing a gluten and dairy allergy (bummer). This revelation has led us to find new and creative ways for her to enjoy the things she loves while keeping me sane as I try not to eat the things she can’t have in front of her…The things we do for love. So when thinkTHIN approached me with a giveaway for their bars. It was a no-brainer.  There’s something for everyone and the you can find them in a dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher format! Score! thinkTHIN Coconut Crunch Bars

     They’re giving a complete Wellness Box which includes: a box of thinkThin® Creamy Peanut Butter high protein bars (with 0g sugar), one box of thinkThin® Blueberry Mixed Nuts Crunch Bars (with 8g protein and 70% less sugar than leading fruit and nut bars), and one box of thinkThin® Coconut Chocolate Mixed Nuts Crunch Bars.thinkTHIN Peanut Crunch Bars      Did I mention that thinkThin Crunch is non-GMO?  (genetically modified organisms) thinkThin is working closely with Whole Foods to find and develop readily available sources of non-GMO proteins, connect them with their current suppliers and get them on the path.  Thanks to Whole Foods, a new economy will be created around non-GMO that even mainstream brands can sustain on.

     We discovered the bars doing the ‘I don’t know what I’m looking for stroll’ down the aisles of Whole Foods. And we stumbled upon the coconut chocolate bars. Now, you might look at the bars and think decadence in a health conscious format. But, that’s not the case. The thinkTHIN bars are mildly sweetened and make a great pick me up before lunch or dinner. And what better way to start that summer workout regiment or begin a new chapter in your eating habits? Also visit for some recipe ideas using their bars.

    Congratulations! Our Winner of the thinkTHIN Wellness Box is Dee from the Send us your address and we will contact you for your prize instructions!

A winner will be chosen at random and posted here on Wednesday 29. Be sure to come back and Check! You will have until Friday 31, 9am to claim your prize before a new winner is chosen. thinkTHIN Blueberry and Mixed Nuts